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E-Learning on the Cloud

Author(s): Mohammed Al-Zoube

Journal: International Arab Journal of e-Technology
ISSN 1997-6364

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 58;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Personal learning environment | virtual learning environments | cloud computing | mashups | gadgets.

Cloud computing technologies have changed the way applications are developed and accessed. They are aimed at running applications as services over the Internet on a scalable infrastructure. Many applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases and more can all be accessed from a web browser, while the software and files are housed in the cloud. Educational institutions can take advantage of cloud applications to provide students and teachers with free or low-cost alternatives to expensive, proprietary productivity tools. Browser-based applications are also accessible with a variety of computer and even mobile platforms, making these tools available anywhere the Internet can be accessed. This paper presents a cloud computing based solution for building a virtual and personal learning environment which combines a wide range of technology, and tools to create an interactive tool for science education. The proposed environment is intended for designing and monitoring of educational content as well as creating a platform for exploring ideas. The system allows exchange of educational content and integrate different pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching under the same environment.
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